The Coopers’ Cask release is the first distillery exclusive single malt whisky to be launched by the Glasgow Distillery Company
, with 403 individually numbered bottles available from the distillery’s website.
The new expression is a collaboration between The Glasgow Distillery and Kelvin Cooperage, based in the US, and was launched as a celebration of the art of coopering. The ancient skill is the process of creating casks made of wooden staves bound by metal hoops.
The coopers’ in question are Hugh McMurray from The Glasgow Distillery and Kevin McLaughlin from Kelvin Cooperage
. The Coopers’ Cask release is their brainchild and takes the unpeated spirit from an ex-port cask filled by the Glasgow Distillery in 2015, and then lays it to rest in a unique hand-built cask consisting of half heavily charred virgin oak staves from Kelvin Cooperage and half ex-Glasgow 1770 Single Malt cask staves from The Glasgow Distillery.
Each set of staves interlocks with the other to form one unique vessel - a Hogshead - which is said to highlight the power of Kelvin Cooperage’s virgin American Oak, balanced against the wonderfully smooth and fruity spirit being produced by The Glasgow Distillery.
Paul McLaughlin, owner of Kelvin Cooperage said: “We are delighted to be collaborating with The Glasgow Distillery on The Coopers’ Cask Release. The Coopers’ Cask has been launched with the vision to bring our craftsmanship and expertise back to our home city of Glasgow in a way that is truly unique. This is Glasgow-distilled single malt, matured in a hand-built cask made by not just one, but two sets of Glasgow hands.
“It is, however, with a heavy heart that we announce that Kevin, my much-loved brother, Kelvin Cooperage’s fearless leader and one of the cooper’s who made this collaboration possible, passed away in December 2019 before the launch of this release. The Coopers’ Cask Release is therefore launched in honour of Kevin, who was instrumental in bringing this project together and whose memory lives on within the spirit.”
Liam Hughes, CEO and co-founder of The Glasgow Distillery added: “We’re very excited to launch our first Glasgow 1770 distillery exclusive - The Coopers’ Cask Release. This unique hand-built cask - cask no 15/87 - is the physical embodiment of the relationship that exists between cooperage and distillery and ultimately, the relationship between wood and spirit - the fundamental elements that come together to make great single malt scotch.
“Kevin and Paul embraced our vision from the outset and we quickly became friends so it is a bitter sweet moment to launch The Coopers’ Cask Release without Kevin here to witness it. We are very grateful to the whole McLaughlin family for their continued support throughout this project, especially as it has been a particularly difficult time for them all.”
Glasgow 1770 Single Malt Scotch Whisky - The Coopers’ Cask Release - is The Glasgow Distillery’s first distillery exclusive bottling. Each of the 403 individually numbered bottles come packaged in an individually numbered presentation carton, each containing a booklet that tells the tale behind the collaboration cask. The spirit within is non-chill filtered and natural in colour, bottled at a strength of 53.3% ABV and priced at £59 per bottle, exclusively available to purchase on the The Glasgow Distillery website: www.glasgowdistillery.com